Have you ever felt intimidated when faced with an opportunity to share your faith? If you are like me, it’s easy to feel timid by not having instant recall of memory verses or convincing passages of scripture to refer to. We often feel a need to “prove” our faith by quoting scripture and verse. If that’s you, you can breathe easy!
Jesus never instructed us to be “provers” of the Gospel, His instructions to his followers were to be a “witness” for him.
In Acts 1:8 Jesus said, “and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” I’d like to point out that he never mentioned “provers of the faith”. Christ’s power lies in your testimony!
Again, on the road to Emmaus, Jesus encouraged his followers to share their witness with this admonition, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.
We have not had the opportunity to experience Jesus during his ministry, yet our faith today exists because someone in our lives; someone in history, had the courage to share their “witness”.
A witness is a simple thing; it can be summed up with two powerful elements:
1) My life before Christ looked like___________________ (you fill in the blank).
2) My life after Christ looked like____________________ (again, fill in the blank).
What has Christ been like in your life? That’s your witness!
I would encourage all Christians to be prepared to share their witness. Quite possibly someone may deny the validity of your religion, but they can’t deny your personal experience. Memory verses and persuasive arguments may follow at a later time, but for now, experience the power of your witness and see what our Father can accomplish!
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